Bionics/Biomimetics, MSc • University Rhein-Waal (University of Applied Sciences) • Kleve

Course Name: M.Sc. in Bionics/Biomimetics
Course language(s) English (Courses are held entirely in English. )
Admission semester: Summer and winter semester
Course Beginning: The winter semester starts at the end of September/in the beginning of October.The summer semester starts in the beginning of March.
Programme duration: Three semesters
Application deadline: The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 July.The application deadline for the summer semester is 15 January.
Online application Send Application to international-office@hochschule-rhein-waal.de
Course Content Details: The word bionics is made up of the terms biology and technics, which means engineering in this context. The approach of combining biology and engineering is often also called biomimetics in English. The basic principle of biomimetics is learning from nature. The idea in bionics/biomimetics is to understand the principles behind nature’s construction and to transfer them to technical systems and devices.One major application of biomimetics is the field of biomaterials. Spider silk, for example, is both light and flexible and three times stronger than steel. Such material properties are of interest for various technical fibres. In robotics, animal models such as geckos are used as inspiration for the development of climbing robots.Biomimetics is a cross-sectional discipline in which engineering and biological competences are required. This is directly reflected in the course of studies. After the first semester, specialisation in material sciences or biomechatronics takes place.
Physical Address:
Hochschule Rhein-Waal

International Office

Joost Kleuters

Marie-Curie-Straße 1

47533 Kleve.

Contact Phone: +49 (0) 28 21-80 67 31 40
Fax: +49 (0) 7 11-3 97 44 63
Email: international-office@hochschule-rhein-waal.de
Course Website: http://www.hochschule-rhein-waal.de/
Request for Info: Prof Dr William MegillEmail: technology-bionics@hochschule-rhein-waal.de
Educational organisation: Modules include for example:- Biological Systems (e.g. evolution, biodiversity, adaptations)- Development and Management (e.g. project management, patent rights, design)- Materials (e.g. biomimetic materials, bio-compatible materials)- Mechatronics (e.g. mechanics, sensors)Bio-inspired materials and devices are of increasing interest in many fields of practical applications. The wide-ranging fields of activity and possible jobs include:- Industries and scientific institutions focusing on micro-/nanotechnology- Biomaterials industry- Energy technology- Bioengineering

– Engineering offices

– Research institutions

– Service providers and experts specialising in biomimetics

Forms of assessment: Oral examination, written examination, laboratory reports (attestation)
ECTS credits: 90
Diploma supplement: Yes
Course-related German language courses: Yes
Course-related English language courses Yes
Course objectives: Occupational areas and fields of activity:- Industries and science institutions focusing on micro-/nanotechnology- Biomaterials industry- Energy technology- Bioengineering- Engineering offices- Research institutions- Service providers and experts specialising in biomimetics
Tuition fees: Rhine-Waal University has no application fees.
Enrolment fees: There are no tuition fees in North Rhine-Westphalia.Semester fees are around 235 EUR.Semester fees consist of social security contributions, a contribution to the student union and, for the larger part, the so-called semester ticket for free public transport in North Rhine-Westphalia.Our international students like to use the ticket to take one of several German buses driving to Holland!
Costs of living: The Deutsche Studentenwerk has published approximate living costs for students of 400 to 500 EUR per month, excluding rental fees. More information about the costs of living in Germany and other practical information is available on their website for international students:www.internationale-studierende.de/en
Job opportunities: International students who do not come from the EU are allowed to work 120 full or 240 half days per year. To do this, they do not need authorisation from the Employment Agency, i.e. the German authorities.There are student jobs available in Kleve, Kamp-Lintfort and surrounding areas. Mostly, they require at least some basic knowledge of the German language.
Funding opportunities within the university: There is a limited number of grants available for (international) students of Rhine-Waal University. Applications are only accepted from students who are enrolled at Rhine-Waal University.Rhine-Waal University informs all students about the application deadline well in advance.
Language requirements: Please note that for Master’s degree programmes English language skills at Level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference are required. Please be aware that all applicants’ test report form numbers will be checked. The following certificates are accepted:IELTS: 6.5 or higherTOEFL (internet-based test): minimum 100TOEFL (paper-based test): minimum 560TOEFL (computer-based test): minimum 220The TOEFL code of our university is: 6962.The only exceptions to these language requirements are a Secondary School Certificate or a Bachelor’s degree achieved in the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand. Please understand that no further exceptions can be made, even if you have achieved a Bachelor’s degree taught in English in any other country.
Academic requirements: Bachelor’s degree
Where to apply: Hochschule Rhein-WaalInternational OfficeMarie-Curie-Straße 147533 KleveGermanyE-Mail:international-office@hochschule-rhein-waal.de
Arrival support: Rhine-Waal University is centrally located. The nearest airport is Düsseldorf. From the airport, public transport is readily available.If you anticipate any troubles getting here, please contact the international office so that we can help you with your arrival.
Services and support for international students: The International Office assists with the arrival of international students, housing, administrative issues (insurance, bank account, visa application). Students (both German and international) from the “Globus network” assist international students with personal and social issues, organise trips, sports tournaments and other activities.
Accommodation: Rhine-Waal University strongly recommends that you make arrangements for accommodation in Kleve or Kamp-Lintfort before you arrive. The university does not have residence halls, but the Deutsche Studentenwerk or Student Service Organisation in Düsseldorf has dorm style single rooms and double rooms for rent in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort.Single rooms and double rooms start from 220 EUR per month. Please note that there is a three-months deposit. Availability of the dormitories of the Studentenwerk is limited. More information is available through the International Office.Rhine-Waal University has collected some information about apartment-hunting on its website: www.hochschule-rhein-waal.de/en/housing.
Course website: www.hochschule-rhein-waal.de
About the university: Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is a young and modern University, located in the Lower Rhine Region with campuses in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort. Centrally located in the western part of Germany near the Dutch border, Rhine-Waal University is close to well-known German cities like Düsseldorf and Cologne as well as The Netherlands.Opened in 2009, our strong commitment to being innovative, interdisciplinary and international has proved successful and resulted in a rapid growth.At present, Rhine-Waal University is able to offer a total of 25 Bachelor’s and four Master’s degree programmes on two campuses in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort.75% of our courses are taught in English and are attended by students from all over the world. This makes the university unique in Germany.Since September 2012, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences has benefited from its new campus in Kleve with new buildings on the Spoy Canal in the heart of town, with all-new offices, lecture rooms, laboratories and dorms. The new campus in Kamp-Lintfort will be ready by the beginning of 2014. The university expects a total of 5,000 students from Germany and abroad to benefit from our excellent teaching and facilities.Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences focuses on natural, social, economic and health sciences as well as engineering and offers degree programmes which are of the highest standards and designed to meet industry needs. This is why in teaching and research the university places emphasis on developing practical skills alongside academic knowledge.Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences takes pride in offering top-quality teaching, first-class research, technical innovations, and excellent links with employers in industry, commerce or healthcare as well as a fast-growing network of university partnerships abroad.Students enjoy being within a friendly and open atmosphere and highly appreciate the intensive tutoring in small groups.The expert team of professors and all staff are committed to giving young people support, encouragement, guidance and inspiration, aiming to make their university experience a fantastic and successful one.
Total number of students: 2,700
Total percentage of international students: 28 %
About the city: Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is situated in the lower Rhine region close to well-known German cities like Düsseldorf and Cologne as well as the Dutch border.Its two campuses are in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort.KleveThe town of Kleve has a population of about 50,000 and is very close to the Dutch cities of Nijmegen and Arnhem. Due to its location it has a very lively, international atmosphere. Students will find lots of fresh air, ancient abbeys and castles, unhurried towns and large cities nearby. Sights include the 11th century Schwanenburg Castle, the Baroque gardens and a host of neo-classical and Gründerzeit villas. The city offers lots of small shops, snug pubs and exciting night life while the countryside is ideal for cycling, horse riding, canoeing or walking.Kamp-LintfortKamp-Lintfort is a former mining town with a population of about 38,000. It is close to large German cities like Düsseldorf, Cologne or Duisburg where you will find Europe’s largest inland port as well as buzzing city centres catering for all interests. The city of Kamp-Lintfort is well known for its 885-year-old monastery, Kloster-Kamp, which takes its visitors back to an eventful history. Apart from historical sights the vibrant town is characterised by a welcoming, neighbourly atmosphere and offers a wide range of shops, bars and sporting facilities, some of which have been newly built like the state-of-the art swimming complex.
Population: 50,000

Submit application to:

Hochschule Rhein-Waal

International Office

Marie-Curie-Straße 1

47533 Kleve


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